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Ford Falcon to ditch rear-wheel drive


It has been all but confirmed that the rear-wheel drive Ford Falcon is dead

Speaking at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford design chief J Mays gave the news that blue oval fans have been dreading.

"I wouldn't be holding my breath for a rear-wheel drive Falcon," Mays told Drive. "I think the chances are we will be all-wheel-drive."

Mays said the final decision confirming the shift away from rear-wheel drive for Falcon would be made within six months.

Traditional large rear-wheel-drive vehicles have become less popular over the years, and the Falcon notched up its worst sales in its 50-year history in 2010.

The future of the Falcon looks grim as Ford focuses on its "One Ford" strategy, and the rear-wheel-drive Commodore seems to be favoured as its engineering and platform have been exported overseas.

In Detroit Ford rolled out 10 different cars based on its Focus small car platform.

We'll keep you updated as the story unfolds...

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